Receiving a group of faithful from El Salvador, Francis said that the memory of the slain bishop is "an exceptional opportunity to send a message of peace and reconciliation to all the peoples of Latin America".
Fraternal delegates spoke about the need to foster in young people, through prayer and asceticism, a personal relationship of friendship with Christ in times characterised by "improvised masters who proclaim themselves to be holders of the truth.” God calls on all young people to be mediators and bridges, conscious that "we are all children loved by God".
Three key prosecution witnesses have retracted their statements a few hours before the start of the fourth hearing in the trial. The prosecution has upheld the charges but has agreed to the accused’s release. Trump might use this in the upcoming mid-term elections.
The Synod of Constantinople confirms the will to grant it, perhaps in November. The condition: an agreement between the Orthodox traditions present in Ukraine. Kiev Patriarchate of Filaret and the Ukrainian Orthodox autocephalous Church, the "underground" community of Soviet times return to Orthodox communion. The statement of the Patriarchate of Constantinople and the exhortation to "avoid violence and reprisals". Moscow: A "catastrophic" decision.
For Card Becciu, Paul VI “was a heroic and brilliant witness of Christ, light of the world.” He was the pope “of dialogue with everyone: within the Catholic Church, with the brothers of other Christian Churches, with non-Christians and non-believers, always with the passion of evangelisation, to bring to every man the light of Christ, the love of Christ.”
"Please be brave, because when we pray for a need, a necessity it sis normal. God is our friend: He is a rich friend who has bread, he has what we need. As if Jesus said: In prayer be intrusive. Do not get tired ". But do not get tired of what? Of asking. “Ask and it will be given to you”.
To ease the international pressure on Riyadh, local newspapers and TV point to Doha as scapegoat. Qatar plotted to undermine relations between Riyadh and Ankara. Suspicions cast also on his partner, "totally unknown" to the journalist's family.
The Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops writes an open letter to the former nuncio to Washington. In it, he describes the former nuncio’s accusations as a baseless “political manoeuvre”. “I cannot understand how you could have allowed yourself to be convinced of this monstrous accusation which has no standing,” he writes.
Chinese faithful, official and underground communities, express their feelings about the present and the future of the Sino-Vatican provisional agreement. Many ask for the publication of the agreement document; others that bishops held in prison are freed and that the unofficial bishops are recognized by the government. The fear that China will belittle the Vatican. Fidelity to the Pope and to the unity of the Church, but concern for the rise in "collaborator" bishops.
For the optimists the provisional agreement is "historic"; for the pessimists it is the beginning of the total sell out of the Church to the Party. The Pope is involved in naming bishops. But we know nothing of a right of veto. The lifting of excommunications is good, but the faithful expect a public request for forgiveness. China has not asked for a break with Taiwan as a prior condition. Praise for Lithuanian martyrs, amid silence on the Chinese ones.